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From: "dirk1951" <dboodt@...>
Date: Friday, April 9, 2010 6:36 AM
Subject: Re: BUG HLG
If a Bug of 50 gram's fly well, I do'nt Know, but with a wingload of 5,5 gram/DM² (1 3/4 ounce/sqr. ft) it's very light for that size ... less mass to buildup speed, so it can only fly in very calm weather (without termals) ... even with a little breeze your flying speed will be less then the wind speed ... And another "problem" I expect is ... with the proposed gear you never get it balanced ... so you had to build a (much) longer nose and/or use a very lightweight (and more vulnerable) tube for the tailboom ... and I also doubt of the flimsy linear servo's on de Spektum AR6400L (or the cheaper version from Vapor, same electronic's only some extra's are missing) will survive the harsh live of a HLG ... I think you can better invest in a couple of robust (sub) 5 gram servo's like the Dymond D47 (or Robbe FS31), with a little reworking, remove all unnessesary plastic and replace the cable and connector for the shortest possible with a JST connector, the total weight per servo will be less then 4 grams ... together with a Spektrum AR6300 ... the total RC, without batteries, will weight 10 grams ... if you are lucky it will operate on a single (high C) LiPo cell a 180 mAh weights arround 5 gram ... and if you can still get them 4 x GP 70 mAh NiMH cells are less then 10 grams on the scale ...